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Amy Satterthwaite to captain Lancashire Thunder.

Amy Satterthwaite to captain Lancashire Thunder.

New Zealand all-rounder Amy Satterthwaite to captain Lancashire Thunder.

New Zealand all-rounder Amy Satterthwaite will take on the captaincy duties for Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League (KSL) this summer, after it was confirmed that Sarah Taylor will not play in the inaugural edition of the competition.

The announcement follows the news in June that the 27-year-old wicket-keeper batsman is taking an indefinite break from cricket after suffering from anxiety. No timescale has been put on Taylor’s return to the game, and both the ECB and Lancashire Thunder remain completely supportive of her situation.

ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “Sarah is doing really well and we can expect to see her in and around the Lancashire Thunder environment and dressing room over the next few weeks in a supportive capacity. It is still too soon for her to return to playing, but it is really positive that she will be helping out with various Lancashire Thunder community activities during the competition.”

Lancashire Thunder have opted not to replace Taylor in their KSL playing squad, so it will be a 14-strong squad that Satterthwaite leads down to Taunton on Sunday 31st July to take on Heather Knight’s Western Storm in their opening clash of the six team tournament.

The first match of the ground-breaking T20 competition will take place the day before on Saturday 30th July, when Yorkshire Diamonds host on Loughborough Lightning at Headingley.

All six KSL teams compete in a round-robin tournament over a 16 day period, with everyone bidding to qualify for finals day at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford on Sunday 21st August.

Lancashire Thunder

Kate Cross (EW)
Danielle Wyatt (EW)
Deandra Dottin (O)
Hayley Matthews (O)
Amy Satterthwaite (O) (capt)
Sophie Ecclestone (EWA)
Emma Lamb (EWA)
Ellie Threlkeld (EWA)
Natalie Brown
Georgia Holmes
Laura Marshall
Natasha Miles
Laura Newton
Nalisha Patel

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